Otherwise known as Mangalica (pronounced mahn-ga-leets-ah)or Mangalitsa is an old world breed of pig native to Hungary. The name Mangalica means hog with plenty lard. Besides the plenty lard distinct to Mangalica pig, another distinct feature is the curly hair like that of a sheep. The Mangalica fleece can be red, black or blonde. It will interest you to know that Mangalica is the last of its kind following the extinction in Hungary in the 1990s.
No doubts, Mangalica pig is one of the fattiest pigs on earth with an average of 65-70% fat and 30-35% lean meat. The meat is arguably one of the tastiest pork in the world. The meat is reddish in color with creamy white fat and it also contains high amounts of natural antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Mangalica pigs feed on barley, corn, wheat and natural forage, as such, the meat has high amounts of antioxidants. Compared to the lards of other pigs breed, the lard of Mangalica is lighter, melts at a low temperature and high unsaturated fat. Mangalica pork is used as salami or sausage in Hungary. Likewise, the high-fat content of Mangalica meat allows the pork to dry for a long time thereby deepening the flavor with no moisture loss.